The “Nashville” Season 3 premiere dropped some major shockers. Scarlett (Clare Bowen) tried to leave town, Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) chopped off her hair and Rayna (Connie Britton) finally answered the biggest cliffhanger of last season -- making her final choice between Deacon (Charles Esten) and Luke (Will Chase). Check out what you missed in “Nashville” Season 3 episode 1:
Luke visited Rayna the morning after his proposal, but she didn’t immediately tell him about Deacon’s proposal. However, Rayna knew that she had to be honest. Even though her sister Tandy (Judith Hoag) thought she was crazy, Rayna was seriously considering her options. She went to Luke’s ranch to tell him about Deacon’s proposal. He wasn’t happy that she was considering another man’s proposal, but he gave her space to make her decision.
Rayna went through a box of momentos from her relationship with Deacon. She played a record of theirs, “Postcard From Mexico,” but she didn’t have great memories associated with the hit song. She had to pull Deacon out of bed after nights spent drinking. Luke even covered for Deacon when he went AWOL one time.
Deacon visited Rayna, and he remained optimistic about their future. He reminded her that he was so much better now. However she wasn’t so sure of their future together.
“I love you and I’m sure I’m going to love you for the rest of my life,” Rayna told Deacon of Luke. “But I love him now.”
Deacon was still convinced that they were meant to be. Things quickly got heated as Deacon kissed her hands and asked her to deny their chemistry. He told her to come to the Bluebird Café and watch him before she made her decision.
Meanwhile, Juliette couldn’t give Avery (Jonathan Jackson) any time to make decisions or process information. She came to his apartment where he was completely hung over, but he couldn’t listen to her. He was still too mad that she cheated on him with Jeff (Oliver Hudson), and he decided he might need to get out of town for a while.
Scarlett was packing up for Mississippi to go back to school, despite Deacon’s plea for her to stay. Avery decided he was going to hitch a ride with her. Gunnar hopped into the car, right as Scarlett was about to leave. He wanted her to stay, but she refused. He said he wasn’t going anywhere and Scarlett declared, “If you ain’t leaving, you’re going.”
Scarlett drove back home with both of her exes in tow, which was a lot like driving with two whiny little kids. They even tried to get in a physical fight when Gunnar brought up Juliette’s affair with Jeff. Things took a turn for the worst when Scarlett’s car broke down. The mechanic recognized Scarlett as “that singer that had the nervous breakdown,” and she wanted to get out of there—but first they had to track Avery down.
They found Avery in a bar, and Gunnar took the opportunity to convince Scarlett that she’d never really be able to escape people who knew her as the girl with the nervous breakdown. She just needed to accept it and move beyond it instead of running away from her past. Before Gunnar could offer any more advice, Avery almost started a bar fight -- despite barely being able to stand. They got him into the car and sped away.
Avery passed out and Gunnar noticed the mile markers weren’t going in the right direction if they were headed for Mississippi. Scarlett told him that they were going home.
Juliette stayed at Avery’s apartment after he left, and her manager, Glenn (Ed Amatrudo), and assistant, Emily (Kourtney Hansen), had to track her down. In the running to be Patsy Cline in a new biopic, they needed her to get up to go to the movie audition. She sang “Crazy” for the casting director and started crying in the middle of the audition.
After the audition, Juliette had a mini break down. She demanded scissors and started to chop off her blonde locks. “Stupid girl,” she muttered.
However, her audition didn’t go as badly as she thought. The producers loved her. They wanted her to screen test for the lead role. Juliette got a professional to clean up her locks and a doctor to check out whatever she was coming down with. She told him to just give her sleeping pills, but her doctor refused because he wouldn’t give sleeping pills to a pregnant patient.
Things weren't going as well for Layla (Aubrey Peebles) and Will (Chris Carmack). Layla was on the couch crying after Will came out to her. He said that he did have feelings for her even though he was gay.
“Can you change?” she asked. That wasn’t really an option. Will told her that they would just have to fake it for the camera crew. Their reality show was still going full throttle, but Will was a little more used to faking it than Layla.
Will performed live, but Layla was anxious the whole time. Her husband claimed that she was just nervous about his live performance (in the world of “Nashville,” it was being live streamed on the internet and broadcast on the radio), but she was still shaken by Will’s coming out.
After the show, Layla was freaked out. She didn’t understand how he could lie all the time. They decided to get a divorce and told their producer that they were out. However, she wasn’t going to let them go that easily. She showed them the footage of Will coming out to Layla and said she wasn’t planning to include it in the show. However, the show had to go forward and basically blackmailed them with the footage. “I’m pretty sure the network we sold it to doesn’t want a show about a gay cowboy and his naïve wife,” she said.
Meanwhile, Teddy (Eric Close) tried to have a heart-to-heart with Maddie (Lennon Stella), but she knew that she couldn’t talk to him about her biological dad, Deacon. Maddie thought that Teddy hated Deacon and anything related to her interest in music.
“How am I supposed to tell you that I wanted mom to marry Deacon and not Luke?” Maddie asked.
Teddy told her that he didn’t hate Deacon or music. He wanted to bond with her so he decided to take her to Deacon’s show.
In an alley behind the Bluebird, Deacon and Luke had a quick confrontation. Luke punched Deacon and asked him why he couldn’t just let Rayna be happy. It didn’t seem to faze Deacon though. He still went onstage and played a song called “I Know How To Love You Now,” but Rayna wasn’t there. She went to an event with Luke, wearing Luke’s engagement ring. She made her final decision, but the song ended with Rayna looking a little sad as she showed off her engagement ring.
Florida Georgia Line closed out the show with a live performance as the credits rolled.
“Nashville” Season 3 airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EDT on ABC. Which was more shocking: Rayna picking Luke or Juliette’s pregnancy? Sound off in the comments section below!